2016-2017 Deer Hunting Regulation Changes

2016-2017 deer hunting regulation changesI just wanted to go over a few 2016-2017 deer hunting regulation changes that have been approved already in a few different states. Some people may view the changes as good and some may view them as bad. One thing is for sure you can’t make everyone happy all of the time.

2016-2017 Deer Hunting Regulation Changes From Various States

  • Missouri: Maintain current timing of the November portion and reduce the length from 11 to 9 days, expand the late youth portion to three days beginning the first day after Thanksgiving, reduce the length of antlerless portion from 12 to 3 days and begin on the first Friday in December, eliminate the urban zones portion
  • Wisconsin: ten deer management units will not have an antlerless quota (each within the Northern and Central Forest zones), while the rest of Wisconsin will have a quota of 256,775 antlerless deer (compared to 224,735 in 2015), The issuance of bonus deer hunting permits, in addition to farmland zone permits included with each deer hunting license, will include 22,775 permits valid on public access lands (compared to 18,450 in 2015) and 136,875 permits valid on private lands (compared to 125,375 in 2015). As a reminder, bonus antlerless permit sales for the Forest zones begin Monday, Aug.15 at 10 a.m. Central Farmland Zone permits will go on sale Aug. 16, and Southern Farmland Zone bonus permits will be made available Aug. 17. A Holiday Hunt will be held in 13 counties and provide for an additional antlerless-only opportunity for firearm hunters from Dec. 24 to Jan.1. In addition, junior license holders in Ashland, Sawyer and Forest counties will not be allowed to harvest antlerless deer – these councils exercised their right to submit this recommendation in an effort to encourage increased herd growth.
  • Texas: AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a suite of changes to this year’s deer hunting regulations that includes expanding white-tailed deer hunting into 14 counties across the western Panhandle, and creating additional deer hunting opportunities in East Texas. The Commission adopted the following changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, the details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Annual: Elimination of the Antlerless and Spike-buck Control Permit due to lack of demand; Define “unbranched antlered deer” to clarify what constitutes a legal buck across seasons and to alleviate confusion among hunters, and replace the “Special Late Antlerless and Spike-buck Season” with a “Special Late Season” to accommodate the inclusion of “unbranched antlered deer” in the bag limit; Allow the take of antlerless deer without a permit on certain U.S. Forest Service Lands during youth-only seasons; Clarify that white-tailed antlerless deer harvest during the archery-only season does not require a permit and harvest of antlerless deer during youth seasons is restricted to persons 16 years of age and younger including on properties issued Level 1 Managed Lands Deer (MLD) Permits; Implement both a general and special archery-only season for white-tailed deer in Andrews, Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Gaines, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Parmer, Terry and Yoakum counties, with a bag limit of three deer (no more than one buck and no more than two antlerless), which is identical to adjoining/nearby counties that currently have a season. Implement both a general and special archery-only season for white-tailed deer in Winkler County, with a bag limit of three deer (no more than one buck and no more than two antlerless, with the take of antlerless deer restricted to the archery-only season or properties issued MLDP antlerless tags). The new season is identical to adjoining/nearby counties that currently have a season. Establish four “doe days” (time periods in when antlerless deer may be taken without a permit in parts of the state where antlerless harvest regulations are conservative) in Bell (east of IH35), Burleson, Ellis, Falls, Freestone, Kaufman, Limestone, Milam, Navarro and Williamson (east of IH35) counties;–Increase the number of doe days to 16 in Anderson, Brazos, Camp, Gregg, Grimes, Henderson, Lamar, Leon, Madison, Morris, Red River, Robertson and Upshur counties; and–implement a muzzleloader-only late season in Anderson, Bell (East of IH 35), Brazos, Burleson, Comal (East of IH 35), Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Falls, Franklin, Freestone, Grimes, Hays (East of IH 35), Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Navarro, Rains, Red River, Robertson, Smith, Titus, Travis (East of IH 35), Van Zandt, Williamson (East of IH 35), and Wood counties.
  • Arkansas: Added a youth modern gun permit hunt for Rick Evans Grandview Prarie WMA, add a private lands antlerless-only deer hunt in deer zones 4, 4a, 4b, 5, 5B,7 and 11
  • Ohio:White-tailed deer hunting season changes include moving the two day gun season to Saturday and Sunday December 17-18, and muzzleloader season to January 7-10, 2017

These are just a few of the states approved changes so far that I could find. Make sure to check the official 2016-2017 deer hunting regulation changes for the appropriate state you will be hunting.

I grew up hunting in Georgia and recently moved to Kansas and now Kentucky and it was an eye opener to see different game regulations and how they went about deer hunting in different states. The one thing I would really like to see in Georgia and I know everyone won’t agree with this but I think the Georgia rifle season is just too long. I think they could shorten the season for when you could shoot a buck with a rifle but still let hunters that wanted meat to have ample opportunity to shoot does. Most but not all that I talk to in Georgia seem to think the buck to doe ratio is way more does than bucks in Georgia. I’m  not sure if that is actually the case because I haven’t hunted in Georgia for several years now. It was just so refreshing when I was transferred to Kansas and started hunting there to see the bucks able to reach their mature age and get big and to actually have a decent chance at getting a buck of a lifetime. It seems like it would make sense for Georgia to limit hunters to one buck in a shorter rifle time period and let hunters still shoot does with a rifle if they needed meat. That would help the bucks reach a mature age and give Georgia hunters a better chance at mature bucks. What would you like to see change as far as hunting regulation changes in Georgia or your state?

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Top 10 Whitetail Deer Hunting Videos

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I filmed this buck in one of my favorite whitetail deer hunting videos.

I was looking at whitetail deer hunting videos on YouTube and thought it would be fun to share my top 10.  There are so many to choose from but these are a few of my favorites.

Whitetail Deer Hunting Videos

  1. First on my whitetail deer hunting videos list would have to be one that I just happened to film. Some of you may have heard about a buck we were after we named “Horn Donkey”, he was a very special buck that I honestly believe would have been very close to being a possible Kansas state record typical with a bow. Although it didn’t quite turn out like we had hoped, it’s still some awesome footage of a very special buck. You can click the following link to read the full story on Horn Donkey.
  2. This is one of my all time favorite deer hunting videos, just crazy to watch this whole hunt unfold. Dylan shoots this very nice buck and then another nice buck comes in and starts attacking it. This has been one of my favorites for years. One Huge Kansas Buck with another one coming to visit.
  3. This is some awesome footage of just an amazing Kansas Giant buck, this is one we all dream about seeing one day. My wife and father-in-law saw a buck of this caliber a few years ago while driving to town here in Kansas. I can’t imagine seeing a buck like this in the wild.
  4. Bowhunting.com is one of my favorite websites and this video is of a great big Illinois buck that took a lot of hard work and determination to get him. The hunter surely earned this big monster.
  5. ‘The Joe Franz’ Buck: Joe Franz killed what some believe is the biggest buck to ever be taken on video. Enough said.

  6. 192″ Boone and Crockett buck with a bow“, the title says it all. The hunters reaction after shooting this huge whitetail is priceless. When it all comes together and all the hard work pays off it can get a little emotional.

  7. 210″ inch Giant whitetail buck with 11″ drop tine” awesome footage of a brute of a whitetail.

  8. Whitetail Boone and Crockett Buck ?” Check out this buck filmed near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. What a huge world class whitetail deer. I can’t believe there have only been 79 views of this video.
  9. Giant 184″ 21 point whitetail by: Aaron Law” This one starts off kind of crazy these guys are throwing peanuts out of the tree onto deer, then this huge Kentucky buck comes in making scrapes and the hunter makes a great bow shot.
  10. 2013 Kansas Monster Buck With Bow BBD” This is a great Kansas whitetail deer hunting video, these guys do a great job loved the second angle of the shot.

Filming hunting adventures can be a lot of hard work and can be tough. Most of my hunts are filmed and I know just how hard it can be to even see a buck like one of these much less get it on film with good light. It just makes me appreciate the footage in these videos even more. I hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite whitetail deer hunting videos.

What are some of your favorite videos?

Source: YouTube

Five Handy Off Season Deer Hunting Tips

off season deer hunting tipsDeer season may be over until this fall but the earlier you can start preparing the better. I wanted to share with you these five off season deer hunting tips to help you be ready to get out and get that big brute this year.

Off Season Deer Hunting Tips

  1. Learn about Whitetail Behavior and habitat: The more you know about whitetails and their habitat the better prepared you will be when hunting season comes around. Learn to pattern the deer and it will help you to be able to pick good stand locations that increase your odds of harvesting that big boy. Read deer hunting books, magazines, get on the internet, go to seminars, join clubs like the Quality Deer Management Association etc. Knowing what the deer are doing at certain times of the year and why can and will help you solve the big buck puzzle.
  2. Practice Quality Deer Management Where You Hunt: Quality deer management can improve your deer herd and increase your odds at getting that buck of a lifetime. Planting food plots and or starting a supplemental feeding program can help the health of your deer herd and attract and hold deer on your property. Learning about and implementing quality deer management will tremendously improve your overall deer hunting experience.
  3. Get Fit for Deer Season Now: Starting an off season fitness program can make a big difference when deer season rolls around. Being fit will help you stay in the woods longer and make you more alert and help you when scouting, putting up deer stands, checking trail cameras etc. Eating healthy and getting fit will help make you a better deer hunter.
  4. Make Your Deer Hunting Equipment Checklist Now: By starting your deer hunting equipment checklist now you will have an idea of things that you need or want to get before next deer season and can prioritize which ones you want to get first. A lot of products will be on sale this time of year and you can get some really good deals. Buying the  things you need throughout the year will be a lot easier on your wallet rather than having to purchase them all right before the season.
  5. Practice With Your Bow or Gun Throughout the Year: Practice makes perfect and a lot of practice makes you even more perfect. Practice as much as you can, make it fun, practice in your gear you will be hunting in, like gloves, head net etc…  Practice with friends and family and even make it competitive. Go to 3d ranges or gun ranges and shoot.

    Practice shooting your bow in the gear you will be wearing in the field.

These are just a few tips that will help you be better prepared to get after those whitetails when September rolls around. What are some of the off season deer hunting tips you use to help you be more prepared for deer season to get your big bucks?